Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2013, Vol. 68 ›› Issue (4): 571-576.doi: 10.11821/xb201304011

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Students overseas of geography in the Republican Era of China, 1912-1949

ZHANG Lei   

  1. Department of History, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA
  • Received:2012-10-10 Revised:2013-02-19 Online:2013-04-20 Published:2013-04-20

Abstract: This paper reveals that during China's Republican Period, students studying geography overseas supported their study aboard program mainly through self-funding, governmental fellowships or the Sino-British Indemnity Fund respectively. As a result, Chinese students usually studied in three institutes: School of Geography at Clark University, Institute of Geography at Franco-China University at Lyon and Department of Geography at Liverpool University. I argue that the returning students contributed to Chinese geographical research and students training. Beyond this official narrative, Zhu Jiahua (Chu Chia-hua) was the main figure who patronized the geography students studying abroad during this period.

Key words: modern China, students overseas of geography, history of geography